Running for Office

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Candidates are placed on a ballot in St. Louis Park after they file for office.

When and where to file for office

Candidate filing for city offices (mayor or council member) will take place July 30 – Aug. 13, 2019 at the city clerk’s office, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.

The city clerk’s office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Note: The clerk’s office will be open until 5 p.m. on the final day of the filing period, Aug. 13.

How to file for office

To file for office, you must:

The above requirements for filing must all be done during the filing period, July 30 – Aug. 13.

Candidate requirements

Any person may be a candidate for a city office if they are:

  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • At least 21 years old upon assuming office
  • Not a candidate for another office in the upcoming election
  • A St. Louis Park resident at least 30 days before the general election

Withdrawing

Candidates are allowed to withdraw their filing and remove their name from a ballot during the withdrawal period. The 2019 withdrawal period is Aug. 14 – 15 by 5 p.m. To withdraw, you must file an affidavit of withdrawal with the city clerk’s office.

Once the withdrawal period has ended, a candidate’s name cannot be removed from a ballot.

Candidate information sessions

Calling all potential city council candidates!

Are you thinking about running for city council but aren’t sure where to start? Learn the basics of becoming a candidate at an information session Thursday, June 27, 6-7:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Ln. Find out about filing for office, campaign finance reporting and campaign practices, as well as about voter outreach and ranked-choice voting in St. Louis Park. Learn more about the role of the mayor and council members, what it’s like to serve on the city council and how the city operates. You’ll also have a chance to meet the elections team, former local officials and the city manager. This session is open to the public and is informational only; attending doesn’t obligate you to run for office.

Resources

The city clerk’s office provides a toolkit of resources to candidates running for city offices. The toolkit includes information on the rules of being a candidate, how elections are run in St. Louis Park, general city operations and functions, and what is involved in being a member of the city council.

The toolkit includes the following resources:

Candidates will receive a toolkit when they file for office. Additional copies can be requested by emailing elections@stlouispark.org.

Please be aware that the role of the city clerk’s office is to connect candidates with resources to help navigate the technical aspects and requirements of becoming a candidate and the overall administration of elections. City staff cannot interpret laws for candidates or provide advice related to campaigns.